Tish Berlin Workshop

The Tish Berlin workshop was highly successful. The selection was varied from medieval to modern African freedom songs. Tish gave us an excellent background on each workshop piece without becoming pedantic. Her energy and sense of humor kept everybody engaged.

Thanks to the board for their work in putting together this event!

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Lessons with Tish Berlin Available April 17

If you have been wondering how to get those high notes, or why you can’t get your lowest note to speak well, or how you can play with better tone, faster fingers, nimbler tongue – a private lesson may be just the thing for you. All topics covered, from technique to repertoire to ornamentation and more. Tish will help you play better, and to have more fun doing it.

There are still openings for private lessons on April 17 in Oak Park. Let us know if you would like to schedule one. Attendance at the workshop the next day not required.

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April 19th Monthly Meeting

Our March meeting at the Oak Park Library featured some of the children from Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest and Longfellow Elementary in Oak Park. We had a lot of fun listening to them and hearing them play. Thank you, Pam Wiese and Mona Mann for arranging this.


On April 19th at 2 PM we will return to our usual location for our monthly meeting at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens, Chicago.

Lisette Kielson will be directing. No doubt we will be full of energy after Tish’s wonderful workshop the day before!, and so we will celebrate and honor Alice Maguire, playing her composition that won the chapter’s Composition Competition. Also at the meeting, we will decide whether we would like to perform a couple of pieces at the May Meeting’s Spring Concert and/or perform in June at Make Music Chicago. The performances will comprise of music from the October Meeting, “Klezmer, Tango,” and the “Greatest Hits” from the January Meeting. Look on the chapter web site http://chicagorecorders.org/events for the music. Scroll down to Meeting Downloads.

Our latest newsletter can be found here: April 2015

I hope to see you all there!

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April 18th Workshop Coming Soon – Register Now!

It’s not to late to make plans to join the Chicago Chapter for their April 18th workshop with Tish Berlin! The theme will be ‘Forbidden Topics: Music for Politics and Religion.’ And if one day of recorder is not enough for you, then join the Chicago Chapter for their monthly meeting the next day. Details here:

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March 2015 Meeting in Oak Park

Join us on Sunday, March 15 at the Oak Park Public Library. We begin at 1:15 PM with Pam Wiese directing children from local elementary schools, who will then join us in playing “Excellentia” by Gary Gazlay. Find a copy in the winter 2014 edition of American Recorder or download it from the Play the Recorder Month 2015 page of AmericanRecorder.org. Lisette Kielson will then direct the chapter in a recorder orchestra playing session. All are welcome, including our friends from WSEMS.

Our March issue of the newsletter can be found here: March 2015

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January Meeting Video – Galliard by Michael Praetorius

At the January meeting the chapter played a Galliard by Michael Praetorius. Lisette Kielson our music director conducted the group. Pam Wiese recorded this for use in recorder classes with the Oak Park school system.


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Chicago Chapter Workshop at Folk Festival Was a Success

Our Valentine’s Day workshop that the chapter held was a big success!

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